process of nomination to getting the phone call. a few months ago. to attending the ceremony at d.c., and sitting across the table from secretary duncan. it's all been just a dream-like. i am really, really abit overwhelmed at times. and it's okay to take my picture off the website now, okay. but seriously, i want to -- please indulge me. i want to share some highlights from my bell award narrative. quote, why would you teach chinese to them? they can barely speak english, she said. with 12 words, a colleague, a fellow professional educator defined my professional path.